Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Sony Music parts ways with R. Kelly, sources say

Sony Music parts ways with R. Kelly, sources say

R. Kelly has been dropped by his record label, Sony Music.

Asante McGee, another R. Kelly accuser, told a Georgia TV news station that living with the singer was "hell" and called him "the devil".

The move comes after a Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" highlighted the R&B singer's alleged abuse and predatory behavior toward women and teenagers through multiple decades aired, according to Variety. Kelly's name is no longer on RCA's website. Whether his back catalog will remain with RCA/Sony, however, remains "unclear".

Kelly, 52, released his last album in 2016. Variety says it reached out to reps at RCA and Sony, but they declined to comments. A new album has been in the works; now it will not be on the imprint.

Sampson, who first went public with her allegations in a Washington Post article a year ago, reveals she began to feel like she was in love with Kelly, but she was confused about the situation. Attempts by music companies to construct a morality barometer for artists is a precarious task, as Spotify learned a year ago when it attempted to ban artists - particularly Kelly - from its playlists based on behavior it vaguely defined as "hateful conduct".

But now, it would seem as though R. Kelly's time was up. Additionally, celebrities including John legend, Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill and Jada Pinkett Smith have spoken out against Kelly.

It was alleged that Kelly married singer Aaliyah in 1994, when she was 15 years old.

Rumors of his sexual misconduct have plagued the singer from the very start of his successful career.

But he was acquitted of all charges in 2008 and continued to make music.

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